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Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, 32, named BBC’s African Footballer of the Year

 

FOOTBALLER 0F THE YEAR: Yaya Toure

FOOTBALLER 0F THE YEAR: Yaya Toure

MANCHESTER CITY star Yaya Toure has been named African Footballer of the year 2015.

The 32-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder is the third player, after Nigerans Nwankwo Kanu and Jay-Jay Okocha to receive the honour twice.

“I am very proud. To receive this dedication from the fans is unbelievable,” Toure told BBC Sport.

“Also I want to pay tribute to the other nominees. African football is growing up, becoming much better and we have fantastic young players coming through now.”

MAKE MINE A DOUBLE: Yaya with the same award in 2013

MAKE MINE A DOUBLE: Yaya with the same award in 2013

Football fans voted for Yaya, who first won in 2013, ahead of Yacine Brahimi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew and Sadio Mane.

Toure described all five nominees as “champions”.

He added: “I am delighted and very happy. And as an African player, I want to lead all my younger brothers to be successful in the future.

“When I was a kid I was always dreaming of being an important player. I have sacrificed a lot.

“I will continue to try to win a trophy every year, I will fight to win a personal trophy.”

 

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